strait-lace

[ streyt-leys ]
/ ˈstreɪtˌleɪs /

verb (used with object), strait-laced, strait-lac·ing.

to bind, confine, or restrain with or as if with laces.

Nearby words

  1. straining arch,
  2. straining piece,
  3. straining sill,
  4. strait,
  5. strait-jacket,
  6. strait-laced,
  7. straiten,
  8. straitened,
  9. straitjacket,
  10. straitly

Origin of strait-lace

First recorded in 1630–40; back formation from strait-laced

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